Agents of the Nature Protection Group (Grupona) of the Local Police of Málaga, with the help of a rural guard from the Mountains of Malaga, have captured for their recovery a snake oversized breed piton molurus.
The events took place around 08:00 hours on Tuesday, November 2, after a neighbor in the area requested the rural guard informing him that he had sighted a large snake, which did not seem native to the area, in the vicinity of the MA-3111 road, which links the towns of Olías and Colmenar, specifically in the scattered Santo Pitar.
The rural guard of the Montes de Málaga telephoned the Grupona, a specialized group of the Local Police of Málaga, to give him information, a patrol appeared whose agents accompanied him to the place, verifying that the snake was on the side of the road, about two meters of it, between bushes, observing that it was a python molurus of at least three meters in length.
The local police officers prepared to use the chaff and the snake-catching tweezers with which they have equipment, managing to catch the snake by the head to immobilize it and thus avoid possible attacks, while avoiding causing any type of damage to the same.
Immediately afterwards, one of the local policemen, after catching her with the clamp, seized her by the head with his hands, to which the snake responded, when it was caught, beginning to curl itself, for which it had the collaboration, in the first instance by his companion and later by the guard, being also caught by the tail to be able to stretch it and thus decrease his traction force, which was great due to his large size and corpulence, having to use a lot of force to make himself with her.
Once controlled, it was introduced into a carrier, starting with the tail and then twisting it as if it were a hose, this being the most delicate operation, since the snake was resisting strongly to enter, being necessary to release it from the head and remove your hands quickly when closing the lid of the carrier, being a small bucket suitable for native snakes of smaller size and wingspan.
Finally, the serpent was transferred to the Municipal Zoosanitary Center, where it was verified that it is in good condition and that its weight is eight kilograms, starting said body to carry out the appropriate procedures with different appropriate institutions to take charge of the reptile.
The python molurus It is a reptile that reaches from three meters of the smallest specimens to six of the largest, and can reach up to one hundred kilograms in weight. Also known as the Indian python, it has a typically triangular head, small compared to the length of its body.
It lives in humid environments and kills its prey by biting and using great pressure with its body until it chokes them by constriction or strangulation, and then swallows them whole, dislocating the jaw and stretching the skin around it, allowing it to feed on large prey. size, although its main prey are rodents.
This species represents a very low security risk for humans, human deaths being almost entirely associated with the handling of the animal as a pet and not with unprovoked attacks.
Risk to biodiversity
The Local Police of Malaga warns of the risk of introducing exotic and invasive animals or abandoning them to their fate in our ecosystems, since they come to put biodiversity at risk, in addition to entailing fines administrative that for very serious infractions can reach the 300.000 euros, and even, in some cases, criminal consequences.
For this reason, it is recommended to those people who have non-native animals that, before abandoning them, contact the appropriate agencies, such as the Grupona of the Local Police of Malaga or the Municipal Zoosanitary Center itself, to deliver them or find out where to do it, thus avoiding numerous penalties and contributing to the protection of biodiversity and the animal itself.
The python molurus is cataloged with the category of Threatened in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and, internationally, with the category Vulnerable within the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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